About the Book
Title: Letter from Hell
Author: M. Lee Mendelson
A simple, routine call to 911 unexpectedly erupts into a grisly suicide. Mike, a well-seasoned deputy is uncharacteristically disturbed by the gruesome scene. Who was this tortured soul, and why did this happen? Innocently, most of us accept our destiny. We assume our life experiences are the result of mere chance. Few of us discover that our fate is actually an orchestrated tapestry woven from beyond our world. When that influencing weaver is from the netherworld, you may likely find yourself on a dark, terrifying, and tragic journey. What if you discovered a letter penned by a desperate soul from beyond the grave, a literal letter from hell? What if that letter could alter your perception of reality by revealing that you are not in control? Would you dare read it?
Armed with her weapon of choice, she climbed the stairs like a ghost until halfway up, when she heard a CREEEEAAAAKKK from under her right foot as she stepped up. “Shit!” She whispered to herself. She froze, but suddenly there was a Yip, yip, yip from upstairs.
That damn dog had heard her.
Sarah made a hasty retreat down the stairs, and for whatever reason, she bypassed the front door and returned to the kitchen. Panicking, Sarah decided to just unlock the back door and run out into the dark yard. She opened the kitchen door, leaving behind a bloody thumb print from her fresh cut. As she exited, she could see a glow from behind her; the living room light had been turned on and Sheila’s father was crying out, “WHO’S THERE? I HAVE A GUN! THE POLICE ARE ON THEIR WAY!”
A close call. Sarah ran outside into the dark yard and out through the waiting open gate as it started raining again. Undaunted by the deluge, Sarah calmly strolled down the sidewalk humming love songs to herself. Her normally frizzy red hair now hung low and stuck to her face from the relentless downpour. She still had the knife, and Sarah had conceived a new plan that would solve everything.
“We’ll be together forever Michael, I promised you this. I know this is not your fault, I know you love me… I’m coming for you, my love. Everything will be all right soon.”
The police had been dispatched to Sheila’s house after Sheila’s mother called 911. When they
arrived, her father reported finding the back door open, and the door handle had blood on it. The only thing he discovered missing was the large carving knife from the wooden block. He told police it had just happened, and that he never saw or heard any cars leave the area. The
police canvassed the neighborhood, anticipating that the perpetrator must have left on foot and could possibly still be in the area.
Ten minutes passed, and four houses down the street from Mike’s house, Sarah was located by one of the police units canvassing the neighborhood. She was still wearing her now weighted down robe and was carrying a knife that matched the description given by Sheila’s father.
With his gun drawn, the officer shouted out from behind the blinding spotlight, “DROP
THE KNIFE AND PLACE YOUR HANDS ABOVE YOUR HEAD!”
Unfazed by the warning, Sarah continued walking and humming her love song, knife in hand.
Again the officer shouted, “DROP THE KNIFE OR I WILL SHOOT YOU!”
A first time author, M. Lee Mendelson and his wife Yvonne have six children between them, three boys and three girls. Yes–the Brady Bunch. He was inspired and encouraged by Yvonne to write his first book after he proposed the concept to her. M. Lee never dreamt of writing anything before his first book, but has now discovered he has a passion for writing, with one idea after another pouring out of him. A rare native Floridian, M. Lee recently retired from a career as a full-time firefighter and part-time law enforcement officer. His twenty-six years of experience on the streets have given him a vast array of experiences; some good, some bad. His recent retirement allows him much more freedom to dedicate to his newfound obsession with the written word. His first book, “Letter From Hell,” is a complex horror novel with a little something for everyone M. Lee’s real-life experiences, coupled with an active and vivid imagination, allow his stories to come alive. Striving to paint pictures with words, he immerses the reader into his scenes. His ambition is that people will enjoy reading his work and deem it worthy to recommend to others.
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